Archive | March, 2011

Today in 1882

2 Mar

Queen Victoria escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor. And to think people scoffed when she started wearing Heelys.

Sure, you can assassinate me - if you can catch me!


Queen Victoria survived eight assassination attempts during her reign, so it’s sort of unsurprising that an amateur like McLean couldn’t kill the Ninja Queen. Most of the would-be assassins shot at or tried to bludgeon her while she was riding in carriages, which you’d think she might stop doing after four or five assaults – or at least stop sticking her head out the window.  McLean apparently had been offended by an unkind response to a poem he had written the Queen and this was his motive for the attack. He was acquitted of his crime but declared insane and spent the rest of his life in Broadmoor Asylum. I think calling him insane is a little far-fetched. I know that every murder I’ve committed has been prompted by slights on my haikus.

Speaking of poetry, the dashing William Topaz McGonagall wrote a doozy about the incident and I would like to share it with you. If you’re going to speak ill of it, make sure you’re not riding in a carriage.

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